Biology is the study of life and living organisms – their structure, function, growth, origin and evolution. By studying biology, students will acquire insight into the processes and interactions of living things and the interrelationships of organisms within the environment. At Manchester, biology courses may be used to satisfy a student’s general education knowledge areas in science.

The study of biology provides a strong foundation for those who plan to pursue a career in science. Employment opportunities include a wide range of options from teaching, working as a researcher in health care and academic institutions, to pharmaceutical sales and medicine.

Learn more about the degree and courses in this area of study.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in biology at one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College, enrolling in the Biology Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their course work at Manchester and take advantage of its high quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Biology Studies associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

Those who are interested in biology or who are considering transferring to a college outside the CSCU system should consider the Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree program.

Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their plans and how  courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the website.

An additional benefit of studying biology at Manchester is that the campus offers the Biology Academic Award for students who demonstrate a profound affinity for the biological sciences. This is an academic- based award available to faculty-nominated students who have taken at least two or more biology- related courses and have earned a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The award is for students who wish to pursue a degree or career with a biological focus.

Lab Safety Video

If you’re taking a biology lab class, you’ll need to review the science department lab safety policies and procedures in this video (0:7:46).